Thursday, October 15, 2015

From Ian:

Terrorist Abbas said ‘executed’ by Israel shown alive in hospital
Clips and images were published Thursday of a 13-year-old Palestinian terrorist who was hit by a car while fleeing from police earlier this week, disproving claims by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who said Wednesday he was “executed” by Israel.
The pictures, distributed by the Government Press Office, show Ahmad Manasra awake and sitting in a bed at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
In one picture he is seen making a hand gesture some have interpreted as an Islamist symbol.
Manasra is accused of carrying out a stabbing spree on Monday with his cousin Hassan Manasra, 15, seriously injuring a 13-year-old boy and 25-year-old man. Hassan Manasra was shot and killed after charging at police with a knife, while Ahmed Manasra was injured after being hit by a car while fleeing.
On Wednesday night, Abbas accused Israelis of “executing our boys in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Manasra and other children in Jerusalem and other places.”
Other Palestinian officials and relatives have also claimed that Manasra and his cousin were not involved in an attack.
The Prime Minister’s Office quickly issued a statement after the PA president’s speech saying he was spreading “lies and incitement.”
“The boy he is referring to is alive and hospitalized in Hadassah after stabbing an Israeli child who was riding his bicycle,” the statement said.
Don't believe Abbas' lies, see it for yourself
Contrary to Mahmoud Abbas' distorted statement on the terror attack on 12 October in Jerusalem, the 13-year-old Ahmed Manasra is alive and is being treated in an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem. Ahmed and his 15-year-old cousin went out with knives on a killing spree searching for Jewish victims. As a result, two Israelis were seriously injured, among them a 13-year-old Jewish boy.

Exposing Palestinian LIES! See what really happened

PLO issues revised English version of Abbas' 'execution' speech
The Palestine Liberation Organization on Thursday released a different version of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech, which was broadcast on Palestine TV on Wednesday night.
The new English version quotes Abbas as talking about the “shooting of our children in cold blood as they did with the child Ahmed Manasrah and other children from Jerusalem.”
The modified English version was released by the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department, which said this was a “full translation” of Abbas’s speech.
However, the Arabic version of Abbas’s speech does not talk about “shooting.” Instead, Abbas is quoted as talking about the “execution of our children in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Manasrah and other children in Jerusalem and other places.”
PLO officials did not offer any explanation as to why they chose to change Abbas’s statement about Manasrah.
The full text of the [delivered] speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

JPost Editorial: Lethal lies
Arab and pro-Arab propagandists do not shrink from outright lies in the service of their inexorable efforts to blacken Israel’s image. But this is not merely an exercise in perverse PR. It is an intentional stoking of the flames of so-called “anger” which is proclaimed as a license to kill Jews.
In other words, this is incitement to mass murder via deliberate calumny.
Lies become part and parcel of the continuous indoctrination of Palestinian opinion – already inundated with deception and disinformation in the PA’s controlled media, its school system and the mosques under its aegis.
Portraying the perpetrators of atrocities as martyred innocents is no less incendiary than the deceptive campaign alleging an Israeli conspiracy to change the status quo on the Temple Mount, raze the mosques there and erect a Jewish shrine in their stead.
Fabrications can cynically feature, in and of themselves, as lethal weapons of war.
Israeli politicians slam Abbas lies about boy’s ‘execution’
The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Abbas of spreading “lies and incitement” in his speech.
“The boy he is referring to is alive and hospitalized in Hadassah (hospital) after stabbing an Israeli child who was riding his bicycle,” the PMO said in a statement.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said the claims “sanction (the actions of) murderers and terrorists, some of them children, to go and carry out attacks. The blood of our wounded and murdered citizens is on his hands.”
Netanyahu’s main opposition party in the Knesset, the Zionist Union, called Abbas’s claims “grave, defamatory statements that distort reality, border on utter irresponsibility and only serve to further fan the flames of hopelessness and hatred in the region.”
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid called the speech “a miserable performance showing lack of leadership.”
“Instead of calming the situation and condemning the despicable terrorists who are trying to murder innocent Israelis, Abbas chose to mount a miserable performance showing lack of leadership and cowardice of the lowest level,” he said. “Terrorists should know that Israel will stand strong and fight terrorism anywhere, anytime and with great force. Whoever tries to harm us — their blood is upon their heads.”
Analysis: Palestinians shoot themselves in the foot at ICC with execution claims
The debate is on about where the ICC’s preliminary examination will go relating to that war [Gaza 2014]. But to the extent the PA’s credibility will be a global issue about how far the ICC sticks its neck out and jumps into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the latest claims likely do not help the PA’s cause.
While the IDF has admitted to killing one innocent Palestinian due to a bullet ricochet during the latest violence, most of the cases being complained about are the shootings of Palestinian or Israeli-Arab attackers during an attack or in a dynamic situation post-attack and pre-apprehending the attacker.
There are extreme cases in which killing an attacker who is completely subdued or is both retreating and nowhere near civilians could be a crime, but the PA seems to be calling any shooting of an attacker an “execution.”
If anything, pleading the cases of these attackers as “executions” will highlight to the ICC the wave of terror that Israel has faced and are highly unlikely to be viewed as a crime, let alone a war crime under the Rome Statute.
Separately, the PA may be undermining itself in the area of statehood.
A toothless speech from a defanged Abbas
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech Wednesday night was delivered not by a leader but by a man being led. The words were those of a man who has little hope and understands that his influence over what is happening these days is limited, a politician who realizes that he is losing the public’s support and may be reaching the end of his political life.
The speech may well come to mark the end of an era in the Palestinian territories. The Palestinian public, watching on TV at home, heard words that were uninspired and devoid of real content — as if for some reason the chieftain felt obliged to address his nation but had done so unwillingly, with nothing really to say. Besides more accusations against Israel and another lie – a big fat one, at that – there was nothing of note for either Palestinian or Israeli ears.
Abbas' Fatah encourages rock throwing and stabbings
While PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas professes the PA’s alleged wish for peace, his own Fatah movement is busy glorifying murder as “a symphony of love for Jerusalem.”
The cartoon above tweeted by Fatah, shows a masked man playing a knife as a violin, using a key for bow which symbolizes the “return” of Palestinians on the backdrop of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. It warns Israelis of more stabbing murders - “If the occupation wants to hear it again and again...” It appeared on Fatah’s official Twitter account with the following text:
"A symphony of love for Jerusalem. If the occupation wants to hear it again and again, it should continue invading Jerusalem, attacking our noble women and desecrate our Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza) and our Jerusalem." [Fatah Twitter account, Oct. 12, 2015]
The text echoes Abbas' own words, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch, who has encouraged Palestinians to "protect the holy places." The mention of "noble women" and "desecration" of Al-Aqsa repeats similar reasons murderer Muhannad Halabi cited for his attack killing 2 in Jerusalem.
Bassam Tawil: What Do Palestinian Terrorists Want?
Palestinian terrorists are not driven by poverty and deprivation, as many have long argued. Instead, they are driven by hatred for Jews -- because of what their leaders, media and mosques are telling them.
These young people took advantage of their status as permanent residents of Israel to set out and murder Jews. Their Israeli ID cards allow them to travel freely inside Israel. They were also entitled to the social welfare benefits and free healthcare granted to all Israeli citizens.
Muhannad Halabi wanted to murder Jews because he had been brainwashed by our leaders and media, and was driven by hatred -- he was not living in misery and deprivation. The family's house in the village of Surda, on the outskirts of Ramallah, looks as if it came out of a movie filmed in San Diego.
This conflict is not about Islamic holy sites or Jerusalem. Murdering a Jewish couple in front of their four children has nothing to do with the Aqsa Mosque or "occupation."
For the terrorists, all Jews are "settlers" and Israel is one big settlement. This is not an intifada -- it is just another killing-spree aimed at terrorizing the Jews and forcing them out of this part of the world. It already succeeded in the rest of the Middle East and is now being done there to the Christians as well.
David Collier: The Arab with the knife and the murder of the Jew. Over 100 years of excuses
It is 1910. We have left British Palestine, because it does not yet exist. There has been no promise of independence to the Arabs, there is no Balfour declaration, no Mandate, no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation and no refugees. Ariel Sharon’s foot has not even been born. We are in Shiraz to witness a massacre of Jews in 1910 that was sparked by a blood libel (also 1892 & 1897). Twelve were killed, another fifteen were stabbed or hit with bludgeons or bullets and many more were injured. We can then travel back even further before the very beginning of the Zionist movement, to the Damascus affair and the blood libel of 1840. And we find contemporary ‘mob attacks on Jewish communities throughout the Middle East’. We also find Jews were being murdered throughout the 19th century, just for being Jews, in Aleppo (1850, 1875), in Damascus (1840, 1848, 1890), in Beirut (1862, 1874), in Dayr al-Qamar (1847), in Jaffa (1876), in Jerusalem (1847, 1870 and 1895), in Cairo (1844, 1890), in Mansura (1877), in Alexandria (1870, 1882), and in Damanhur (1871, 1873, 1877, 1891). Each and every one before the first Zionist congress took place in 1897.
Before the partition, before Israel, before the settlements, before the ‘occupation’, before the refugees, before Sharon walked onto Temple Mount, before the ‘wall’, before immigration, before Balfour and before even Zionism itself. In the beginning there was an Arab with a knife and he murdered a Jew, simply because he was a Jew. It is an absurd logic that attempts to blame Zionism for creating violence against Jews when Zionism *only came about* because of relentless violence against Jews; both in Europe and in the Middle East. You cannot place the cart before the horse. Enough with the excuses.
The Palestinians’ Death Culture Is Responsible for Recent Terror Attacks
Many of the other stabbings have taken place in land that is clearly Israeli territory — from western Jerusalem to Ra’anana to Tel Aviv — so the media’s narrative about Palestinians fighting “settlements” and “occupation” also won’t wash.
The attackers — males and females alike, many of them teenagers — have routinely been described as “lone wolves,” but that’s a misnomer. They have hardly acted alone. Taught to hate Jews through poisonous cradle-to-grave incitement, they have the support of Palestinian society at large. On television channels, in mosques, and on social media, Palestinians have been calling on their brothers and sisters to murder Jews, along with giving detailed instructions on how best to stab them to death.
They’re allegedly acting in defense of the al-Aqsa Mosque, which is — of course — under no threat from Israel. The meme of al-Aqsa being attacked by Jews dates back at least to 1929, when the odious Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (one of Hitler’s closest allies) used the same excuse to incite murderous violence against the Jews of the British Mandate.
Nearly 100 years later, the spirit of the mufti is alive and well. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (who many claim is a “moderate”) frequently echoes him. “We bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah,” Abbas said recently on the Palestinian Authority’s official television channel. Peace in our time? It looks as though for many Palestinians, “peace” will come only when all the Jews are dead. The Grand Mufti would be proud.
Mark Regev On BBC's Newsnight

Isi Leibler: The time has come to consider drastic action
Arab-Israeli organizations that engage in agitation, such as the extremist Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, should have been proscribed a long time ago. Demonstrations that either incite or employ placards or flags supporting Israel’s enemies should be outlawed.
Further drastic steps must be implemented to deter “martyrs.” Destroying the family homes of perpetrators is only one step. Under specified circumstances, national insurance and other state privileges should be suspended or canceled.
Arab-Israelis who find this unacceptable and identify with seeking our destruction can freely relocate themselves to Palestinian-populated areas over the Green Line. This, of course, would be in conformity with a commitment to separation and the ultimate creation of a demilitarized peaceful Palestinian state.
This may appear draconian to the international community, which fails to comprehend the fanatical Islamic culture of death and hatred perpetuated by the PA and Hamas. But the vast majority of the Jewish Israeli public would endorse such measures, which would enable them to live peacefully within Israel without facing attacks from inflamed Arab-Israelis brainwashed into killing machines by extremist mullahs and pathological anti-Semites.
There is little doubt that any Western democracy facing similar threats from an extremist minority in its own society would take similar action.
Indeed, both the British and Australian governments are now considering legislation to withdraw citizenship from those convicted of engaging in terrorism. Besides, even after enacting such restrictions, Israel would still remain one of the most buoyant democracies in the world.
As knife-wielders are subdued, questions on ‘shoot first, ask later’
The central issue being debated surrounding these videos is Israel’s rules of engagement, the official protocol that dictates when and how police officers and soldiers can open fire on a suspect. The problem with that protocol is that it is not black and white; it is highly subjective.
“The rules of engagement try to give responses to different kinds of situations,” said Cohen, a research fellow at the Israel Institute for Democracy and dean of the Faculty of Law at Ono Academic College.
There are also two distinct sets of rules for opening fire, he said. One set is used for “law enforcement situations” — Israel’s current situation in Jerusalem and the West Bank — while the other is used for “war situations,” he said.
“In a war situation, you shoot at the enemy in order to kill him. In a law enforcement situation, you are allowed to shoot only when there is a threat and, even then, only in order to stop them,” Cohen said. “You might call this the ‘war on terror,’ but legally speaking, this is law enforcement.”
Under those protocols, it is illegal for officers to shoot suspects as a form of retaliation or as a deterrence to others. “You only shoot at someone that poses a threat,” he said.
Israeli Heroine, Stabbing Attack Survivor Leaves Hospital With ‘Wounds to Soul That Will Never Heal’ (VIDEO)
Odele Bennett, the 22-year-old Israeli mother-of-two who was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 3, was released from the hospital yesterday (Tuesday), during what would emerge as the toughest day of the Palestinian terror wave that has washed over Israel since last month.
Bennett — whose husband, Aharon, was killed in the attack (along with Old City resident Rabbi Nehemia Lavi) – left the Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus with her two-and-a-half-year-old son, Natan, in tow. Natan was also injured during the attack, and has been hospitalized with his mother since the tragedy, that occurred 11 days ago.
“It is unfortunate that my injury has come to symbolize the current wave of terrorism,” Bennett told Israeli website nrg from the wheelchair in which she was being escorted off the premises, as her toddler played with toys on the floor nearby.
The “injury” to which she referred consists of 17 stab wounds to her body. She became unwittingly famous for her ordeal, when cellphone camera footage emerged, backing up her story that the Arabs in the shops on the street where she and her husband were attacked merely laughed and spat when she begged for their mercy and their help. She continued to cry out, as she dragged herself to a spot where Border Police could see her, with a knife lodged between her neck and shoulder.
Jerusalem Bus Station Stabber a Convicted Arab Terrorist
The terrorist who stabbed a 72-year-old woman near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station early Wednesday evening was a resident of the city’s eastern Arab neighborhood of Ras el Amud, according to the Shin Bet, Israel’s Security Agency.
Ahmad Sha’aban, 23, was a convicted felon who had served time in an Israeli prison from 2012 to 2015 for terrorist activity, the Shin Bet revealed.
Sha’aban was shot and killed by a special ops police officer who spotted him fleeing with the knife in his hand after he was blocked from following his victim on to the bus she was boarding.
The victim, who managed to get into a front seat with some assistance, maintained consciousness throughout her ordeal. She was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medics and then rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where she is currently listed in fair condition.
Local Jerusalem Merchant Offers ‘Stab-Proof’ Vests on Groupon Amid Palestinian Knifing Rampage
One consequence of the recent wave of stabbing attacks gripping Israel has been a boosted interest in self-defense, whether through martial arts or measures such as carrying pepper spray — perhaps nun-chucks, or an umbrella.
But the dizzying spike in knifing attacks by assailants ranging in age from young teenagers to adult women has prompted some local businesspeople to offer other solutions on platforms popular among Israelis, such as the e-commerce marketplace, Groupon.
One local merchant, for example, is offering stab-proof vests.
“Feel secure and protected anywhere you go with civilian body armor, providing protection against stabbing attempts and sharp objects,” reads the advertisement.
PreOccupiedTerritory: Batman To Visit Israel To Learn Combat With Umbrellas, Selfie Sticks (satire)
The vigilante crime fighter of this troubled municipality has announced plans to travel to Israel to pick up hand-to-hand combat skills from the civilian populace, the Gotham City News reported today.
Batman, also occasionally known as the Dark Knight, is known for his proficiency in martial arts and the clever use of gadgets to overcome foes in various non-lethal ways, but reportedly told the newspaper that recent developments in Israel led him to conclude that there are still useful techniques for taking down bad guys that he had yet to learn, among them the improvised use of everyday objects such as selfie sticks and umbrellas to subdue criminals in the midst of a violent spree. Israel is in the midst of a spate of attacks, mostly stabbing attempts, by Arabs, and several of the attackers have been neutralized and captured by civilians who used little more than what they had on hand until armed police or soldiers arrived.
Experts say acquiring combat skills with an umbrella, in particular, would constitute a poetic achievement of sorts for Batman, one of whose arch-nemeses is an umbrella-wielding criminal known as the Penguin. However, unlike that portly villain, the Israeli who used such an implement had not altered it to be an umbrella-shaped gun. Beating the Penguin at his own game would provide Batman with a moral victory over one of his most implacable foes.
Elliott Abrams: Kerry Links Palestinian Terror to Settlement Expansion
Secretary of State Kerry made an unhelpful, mistaken, ill-informed comment about the current wave of Palestinian violence yesterday when speaking at Harvard.
Here is the comment Kerry made:
So here’s the deal. What’s happening is that unless we get going, a two-state solution could conceivably be stolen from everybody. And there’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years. Now you have this violence because there’s a frustration that is growing, and a frustration among Israelis who don’t see any movement.
Kerry does not know what he is talking about. There has simply not been “a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years.” There has been a steady growth in settlement population, though the bulk of that growth is in the major blocs–such as Ma’ale Adumim–that Israel will clearly retain in any final agreement. Kerry’s imprecision is another problem. Does he mean there has been a massive increase in the number of settlements? That’s flatly false. Does he mean a massive increase in settlement size, as existing settlements expand physically? That’s also flatly false. The so-called “peace map” or “Google Earth map” of the West Bank has changed very little.
The frequent Palestinian claim that Israel is “gobbling up” the West Bank so that “peace will be impossible” is what Kerry is here repeating when he says “a two-state solution could conceivably be stolen from everybody.” It’s a false claim and he should know it. If that is not what Kerry meant, he should be far more careful when he speaks about such an explosive topic–and at such an explosive moment.
Top ministers criticize US officials over terror comments
Two top ministers lashed out on Thursday at American officials for what they described as equivocation over Palestinian terror attacks and a US State Department statement that appeared to accept accusations that Israel has used excessive force in recent days.
Within minutes of the comments by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon Thursday morning, a top Prime Minister’s Office official informed cabinet ministers that they were being ordered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cease all public criticism of American officials.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and a spokesman for the department have in recent days appeared to link or equate a spate of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis with Israeli policies in the West Bank and on the Temple Mount, a position Erdan called “idiotic.”
US official retracts comment blaming Israel for terror wave
The spokesman of the US State Department on Thursday retracted a statement indicating the latest outbreak of violence in Israel and the West Bank was a result of Israel violating the status quo on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
Asked in a press briefing Wednesday if it was the Obama administration’s “position that the status quo at the Temple Mount has been broken,” spokesman John Kirby replied, “Well, certainly, the status quo has not been observed, which has led to a lot of the violence.”
In an answer to a previous question on whether Israeli visits to the Temple Mount constituted “incitement,” Kirby said that US Secretary of State John Kerry wanted the status quo “restored.”
“What the secretary has said and stands by is that we want to see the status quo restored, the status quo arrangement there on Haram al-Sharif and the Temple Mount, and for both sides to take actions to de-escalate the tensions,” Kirby said.
A few hours later, Kirby posted a clarification on Twitter, saying, “I did not intend to suggest that status quo at Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif has been broken.”
He added, “We welcome both Israel’s & Jordan’s commitment to continued maintenance of status quo at Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif.”
New Ambassador Challenges UN Chief: Denounce PA Incitement
Israel’s new Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Danny Danon, issued his first statement Wednesday, calling on the UN Secretary General to make a clear and unequivocal statement against the Palestinian incitement that is fueling the current terror wave:
"A wave of terror continues to spread across the nation and it spares no one – babies, children, men and women are being targeted every day. Israelis do not feel safe walking down the street; they avoid taking the bus to work, and they fear for the lives of their children every time they walk out the door," he said. "This reign of terror must stop. Only the cessation of the incitement will alleviate this dangerous situation and bring calm and security to the region."
Danon noted that in 72 hours alone, 12 horrendous terror attacks took place, and that over the course of this month, 24 attacks against Israelis claimed the lives of 8 and injured 56 people.
Lapid Blasts UNRWA Bias Following Statement on Terror
Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid on Wednesday blasted the UN’s agency for “Palestinian refugees”, UNRWA, over its statement on Monday in which it expressed "deep alarm" at the loss of Palestinian terrorists' lives, but completely ignored the Israeli victims in the latest terror wave.
“Your organization, which has consistently shown a total disregard for the security and well-being of the State of Israel and the lives of our citizens, released a 773 word statement calling to stem the violence and dedicated not a single word, not one to Israeli victims of terrorism,” Lapid wrote in a letter to the organization. “Not a word about the two parents murdered in front of their four children, a 13 year old stabbed in the street or Jews murdered on their way back from praying at Judaism holiest site.”
“Jews are being stabbed, run-over and shot across the country in acts of wanton violence, yet a United Nations agency fails to utter even a single word of condemnation,” he continued.
“The statement describes the impact on the Palestinians in detail but does not dedicate even a single word to the essential context that many of those killed and injured were engaged in violence and terrorism against innocent civilians.
NGO-Monitor: The NGO "Excessive Force" Campaign and Its Impact
Officials from the U.S. State Department, UN Secretary General’s office, and UNRWA have all made statements this week alleging that Israeli police and security personnel, in responding to stabbing and other terror attacks against civilians, have uncritically repeated NGO claims that Israel has used “excessive force” in stopping the attackers. Articles with similar content have appeared in the international media.
This theme is a central tactic of politicized NGOs (and the Palestinian Authority) that seek to criminalize Israeli self-defense, and it has appeared frequently in NGO statements since the terror campaign intensified on October 1. The NGO statements apply a unique, unrealistic and unreasonable standard to actions of Israeli security forces. They also erase efforts by emergency responders and doctors to save the lives of injured terrorists.
In addition, despite video evidence and severely injured victims, a number of NGOs question or reject the reality of these terror attacks.
More broadly, the “excessive force” accusations are part of an entrenched narrative that only sees Palestinians as victims and Israelis as aggressors. This is a political framing that stands in direct contrast to the human rights principles these groups claim to advance.
European-funded PCHR’s Obscene Attack on Human Rights
On October 13, the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a press release accusing Israel of a series of “crimes” in confronting a number of Palestinian terrorists carrying out stabbing attacks. The statement refers to three incidents on October 12 (although PCHR questions whether they actually happened): (1) An attack near the Old City of Jerusalem, where a Palestinian was killed when he stabbed an Israeli border policeman. (2) At the light-rail stop near Ammunition Hill, where a Palestinian woman stabbed two people; she was shot and wounded, and an alleged accomplice was detained. (3) In Pisgat Ze’ev, two Palestinian cousins stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli teenager and adult; one attacker was shot and killed, the other was hit by a car and taken to an Israeli hospital.
Even a cursory examination of PCHR’s release shows that it is based on lies and distortions. Video evidence also undermines these claims. Using funds from European governments and other enablers, this political NGO is clearly promoting a campaign to demonize Israel under the facade of human rights.
BDS Encourages Followers to Support Terror Attacks
The Palestinian BDS National Committee is calling on its followers to show a "wave of solidarity with Palestinian Popular Resistance" [sic].
A statement on the movement's official website praises the "new generation of Palestinians... rising up against Israel." While it does not ask sympathizers to carry out attacks themselves, it does tell them to support the "uprising."
At first glance, this call appears to run counter to the BDS movement's frequent claim that it only supports non-violent means of isolating Israel and Israelis. However, Arutz Sheva has already documented the group's history of encouraging non-violence while still threatening attacks.
The campaign is already drawing attention through its hashtag, #SolidarityWaveBDS. Some of the posts under the tag include "Cleveland supports the Palestinian Intifada" and praise for the "popular resistance."
Israel blasts German-Palestinian protest for 'third intifada'
The Israeli Embassy in Germany condemned plans for a protest on Friday by the Palestinian community in that country in solidarity with what organizers are calling the third intifada against the Jewish state.
“We believe that this form of a demonstration is forbidden in Germany,” the Israeli Embassy told the Tagesspiegel daily on Wednesday. The embassy said the German-Palestinian protest would be a call “to support the ongoing murder attacks on Israeli civilians.”
The protest conforms to “the education of hate that official Palestinian authorities have carried out over the years, as well as raising children with violence and murder,” it added.
The Palestinian community of Germany denies Israel’s right to exist, the embassy said. The advertisement for the protest shows a Palestinian keffiyeh covering the entire State of Israel on a map.
Hezbollah Chief Backs 'Palestinian Intifada'
The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist movement on Wednesday backed a campaign of Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israelis, describing them as resistance and an "intifada."
"I emphasize our absolute support for the rights of the Palestinian people and their intifada," Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address ahead of the Shiite Muslim religious holiday Ashura.
"It is incumbent upon us all to stand by the Palestinians and help them all we can, and to recognize the fact that the Palestinians have in front of them... no choice but the choice of resistance and intifada," he added.
Nasrallah said the Palestinians were responding to "provocations by Israelis" and were seeking to prevent the "Judaization of Al-Aqsa mosque."
 Report: Palestinian Stabbing Attacks Inspiring ISIS Supporters to Offer Guidance
Inspired by the recent flurry of Arab knifing attacks against Israeli Jews, supporters of the Islamic State have flocked to social media to vocalize their affiliation with the terrorists in Israel and the West Bank, even offering advice on how to inflict greater damage against their victims, media outlet Vocativ reported on Wednesday.
According to the site, members of one ISIS-supporting forum posted an article that sought to “justify” attacks against Jews, as well as recommend ways to improve the lethal nature of these attacks, including using serrated rather than straight-edged blades and lacing the knives with poisonous substances.
Vocativ, which mines online data to compile its news, also said several posts had made a connection — however untrue — between the knives in the weeks-long spate of attacks and those used by ISIS militants to decapitate their hostages, a tactic that really drew attention in 2014 with the beheadings of a number of westerners.
 JCPA: Hamas Tries to Ride the Wave of Violence
Consider this political backdrop when listening to the speech given by Ismail Haniyeh, deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau on October 9, 2015 in the Palestine Mosque in Gaza. He called for young people to march towards the fence with Israel and to confront the IDF; they did, and it led to many casualties on the Palestinian side. According to Palestinian sources, seven people were killed in the incident and another 145 others were injured.

Hamas is aware of the problem created by its image among the Palestinian public in light of the fact that even in the Arab towns in Israel there were riots and protests against Israeli policies. Therefore, Ismail Haniyeh announced in his Friday sermon that “Gaza will not give up its strategic role in the battle for Jerusalem, despite all the conspiracies, and the Gaza Strip is in a state of preparation for a confrontation (with Israel).”
Hamas has long charged that the security coordination between Israel and the PA has prevented the eruption of a popular intifada. Therefore, Haniyeh took advantage of recent events, calling on the PA to stop security coordination with Israel and declared that “the intifada is the only way towards liberation after we were ruined by negotiations.”
Where’s the Coverage? Hamas Official Calls for Attacking Israeli Embassies Overseas
A former senior Hamas official, Khalel Abu Hilal, called for terrorist attacks on Israeli embassies in the United States, Europe and the Middle East in an Oct. 8, 2015 speech that aired on Qatari-owned network Al-Jazeera. Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. Despite numerous recent attacks against Jews in Israel, Europe, and the U.S.—including a Molotov cocktail thrown at Jews in New York City—major new media outlets failed to note Hilal’s incitement. This is all the more surprising given that Hilal, who served as Hamas’ minister of information before becoming leader of the Palestinian Freedom Movement, has personally received attention in the past.
The former Hamas spokesman was quoted at length and profiled as part of a 5,282-word 2007 New York Times article on the rise of Hamas in the Gaza Strip (“A Life of Unrest,” July 15, 2007). That article described Hilal as a “thin, grizzled chain-smoker who sucks in tobacco smoke the way an emphysema patient sucks in oxygen, is at the center of the revolution. His journey,” The Times claimed, “is Gaza’s journey.” He also was quoted by Reuters and in turn by Times Op-Ed columnist Tom Friedman in a profile on Hamas (“Behind the Masks,” June 20, 2007).
Yet, his latest calls for attacks against Israeli embassies and kill Jews abroad, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), have received no coverage by either The New York Times or other major U.S. media.
Gaza Politician Khaled Abu Hilal: Palestinians Abroad Should Attack Israeli Embassies In Europe, U.S. With Stones, Molotov Cocktails: "Why Not Run Over This Zionist In Germany... Why Not Stab Him In His Heart?"

Gaza Imam: Jews Are Brothers of Apes and Pigs, We Will Pray in Tel Aviv
Calling to wage Jihad against "the brothers of apes and pigs" in the streets and alleys of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Abu Sa'da, in a sermon delivered at the Abdallah Azzam Mosque, Gaza, said that they were awaiting their leader to proclaim: "You will all be praying your afternoon prayer in Tel Aviv, Allah willing." The sermon was posted on the Internet on October 3, 2015.

Hamas celebrates Jerusalem bus terror attack that killed 2 by releasing a "reenactment" video
The West Gaza branch of the Islamic Bloc, Hamas' student movement, published on its Facebook page a video reenacting the stabbing and shooting attack that took place on a bus in Jerusalem two days ago. Two people were murdered in the attack and others were injured. The video shows two terrorists, one armed with a gun and the other with a knife, boarding the bus and then stabbing and shooting the passengers.

WATCH Sarah Zoabi: Wake Up!
Sarah Zoabi, not to be confused with her treasonous cousin, MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint Arab List and participant/passenger in the Mavi Marmara Flotilla) addressed the Knesset yesterday. She said:
“I want to say to all the Arabs, especially the Israeli Arabs, ‘Wake up!’ We live in a paradise. A million Arabs live in the State of Israel alongside Jews. And they are not suffering like the Arabs who are controlled by Arabs.”
Now, when Sarah Zoabi went on Master Chef, she introduced herself as “Arab, Muslim, Israeli, proud Zionist.” And before we ever knew about Sarah, we knew about her son, proud Zionist Mohammed Zoabi, who proves an important point: the right education can make a difference and change the next generation to one that knows the truth deeply in its marrow: knows that Israel is the Jewish State, a Democratic state, a state that offers freedom to all its inhabitants.
Thank you, Sarah Zoabi. You are a patriot. You give us hope.
Watch: Arab TV Anchor Tears into Arab MKs for Inciting Violence
Lucy Aharish, Israel's best known Arab TV anchor, unleashed a fierce condemnation of Israeli-Arab leaders and MKs for the role they are playing in stoking violence against Israeli Jews over the past several weeks.
Aharish made her comments in a Channel 2 interview on Tuesday, just hours after two deadly attacks in Jerusalem by Arab terrorists, and another two Arab-on-Jew stabbings in the central Israeli city of Ra'anana.
She accused Arab leaders of not only "keeping a horrific and deafening silence," but of actually "adding fire to the environment" and inciting further attacks.
Aharish - who herself works as a morning news anchor for Channel 2 - noted that once the dust had settled it would ultimately be Israeli Arabs who paid the price for their supposed leaders' actions.
"The second intifada took such a heavy price from Israeli Arabs, and the Palestinians. We are not learning from the mistakes," she said.
Amazing. Powerful words from Israeli-Arab reporter Lucy Aharish.

Hundreds Attend Funeral of 'Lone' Terror Victim
Hundreds attended the funeral Wednesday of 51-year-old Alon Guverg, the second victim of the shooting and stabbing spree on a Jerusalem intracity bus in Armon HaNetziv on Tuesday.
Among the attendees were Rabbi Aryeh Stern, Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, and Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, the Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) of Merkaz HaRav.
Arutz Sheva was at the ceremony, and caught footage of an emotional moment: when all the attendees sung the song 'L'maan Achai V'Rei," a song of brotherhood and solidarity, just before the eulogies began.
"Unfortunately we see Jews being killed in the streets of Israel because they are Jews," Rabbi Stern eulogized. "Everyone feels a sense of shared destiny during these moments."
Watch: Crowd Sing Israeli Anthem at Jerusalem Terror Site
Dozens of defiant Jerusalemites and Israeli commuters united in defiance of Arab terrorism outside Jerusalem's central bus station Wednesday night, following the latest stabbing attack in the capital which left an elderly woman seriously injured.
The crowd - made up of religious and secular, young and old - spontaneously gathered to sing Israel's national anthem, Hatikvah ("The Hope") in an inspiring show of unity in the face of the ongoing wave of terrorism.


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